The following history, art, and cultural activities and projects have been prioritized by the Council and are noted in the Northeast Iowa History, Art, & Culture Regional Enhancement Plan. Support for these projects is provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. What follows is a brief description of these activities and projects. A detailed projects update is coming soon!
- Community Engagement and Outreach: Develop an online presence for the Council through updating the IowaArt.org website and using it to develop and manage social media accounts for the region. Keep checking back here for changes and updates! Work with the Council to determine what is on the website and prevent duplication with other regional sites. Engage partners throughout the region to maximize website links and information sharing via the IowaArt website and social media channels. More information for partners coming soon!
- Plan and Implement a Historical Workshop: Work with the Council to identify the best topics, secure speakers, and plan breakout sessions and panel discussions. Invite participants and publicize the event. Watch for information about the workshop in Spring 2017!
- Visitor Survey: Develop a succinct visitor survey and work with partners to distribute it at history, art, and cultural sites and events. Gather and analyze the data, which will be the first step in an economic impact study. Distribute findings and incorporate findings and lessons learned into the Regional Plan. View and participate in the survey using this link: http://iowaart.org/what-we-do/2016-2017-visitor-survey/ Check back in June of 2017 t0 see an infographic summarizing the Survey results!
- Continue Development of an Existing Conditions Report: Work with partners to complete and compile data about each of the history, art, and culture sites/opportunities that have been identified in the region, including information about existing wayfinding, interpretation, infrastructure, marketing, collections, and art conditions and the needs for each. Organize the information in a specially-developed spreadsheet. If you manage a history, art, or cultural site and wish to be included in the report, please visit our Contact Page.
- Begin Development of a Detailed Summary of Needs & Opportunities: Identify site and/or event-specific needs by analyzing the Existing Conditions Report. Identify clusters of sites or activities that have a similar focus, inherent similarities, or similar needs and opportunities, such as mills, one-room schoolhouses, or churches. Develop a list of Potential Projects and Activities with a budget and potential funding sources.